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  • Neil: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute

  • English. I'm Neil.

  • Catherine: Hi! And I'm Catherine.

  • Neil: Now, Catherine, when was the last

  • time you went for a walk in the country for

  • fun, for exercise or relaxation?

  • Catherine: People do that?

  • Neil: Well, believe it or not, they do.

  • Catherine: Interesting, people are strange.

  • Neil: Well, it sounds like you should pay

  • close attention to today's programme

  • because it's all about how fewer and

  • fewer people are venturing out into the country.

  • Catherine: Well, I wonder if that word is

  • part of the problem. To venture out

  • somewhere suggests that it's a big

  • challenge, or even a risky activity.

  • Neil: I don't think a walk in the country

  • is a particularly dangerous activity, even

  • in bad weather. It's not one of the reasons

  • people gave in a recent survey for why they

  • don't do it. In fact, one of the biggest

  • reasons people gave was that it wouldn't

  • look good on their social media.

  • Catherine: Well, of course, why would you

  • go for a walk in the rain in the country if

  • you couldn't get good snaps for your

  • social media account?

  • Neil: Interesting you should say that

  • because it's the topic of this week's quiz

  • question. In the survey what percentage

  • of people gave the poor social media

  • photo opportunity as their reason for

  • not wanting to venture out into the

  • countryside. Was it:

  • a) around 10%, b) around 30% or c)

  • around 50%? What do you think?

  • Catherine: To be honest, I don't think that

  • would be a good excuse at all, so I'm

  • going to say it's just 10%.

  • Neil: Listen out for the answer at the end

  • of the programme. Annabel Shackleton is from

  • an organisation called Leaf - Linking

  • Environment and Farming. They want to

  • encourage more people to visit the

  • countryside. She recently appeared

  • on the BBC's Farming Today radio

  • programme. She gave her response to

  • the survey we mentioned which revealed

  • that many of us prefer to stay indoors.

  • What does she say a quarter of people

  • in the survey know and believe?

  • Annabel Shackleton: I can't believe that 4

  • in 10 millennials think they should spend

  • more time in the countryside and a

  • quarter of them know and believe that it's

  • much better and easier to relax in the

  • countryside but they're just not going out.

  • It's phenomenal.

  • Catherine: She was talking about a group in

  • the survey which she called millennials. This

  • term refers to people who are young

  • adults now, people who were born in the

  • 1980s and 1990s.

  • Are you a millennial, Neil?

  • Neil: No, I'm actually Generation X, the

  • age group before millennials. We were

  • born in the 1960s, 70s and early 80s.

  • Shackleton said that a quarter of

  • millennials know and believe

  • that it's better and easier to relax in the

  • country, but they just don't go.

  • Catherine: She thought it was

  • phenomenal. Now this adjective means

  • that something is

  • incredible, unbelievable. It's often used

  • for something that is positive, something

  • that is very impressive or amazing.

  • Neil: In this case though she is using it

  • to say how shocked and surprised she is that

  • people know going out in the country is

  • good and a great way to relax but they

  • still don't do it. So what explanation does

  • she have for this phenomenal behaviour.

  • Here's Annabel Shackleton again.

  • Annabel Shackleton: There are just so

  • many other distractions and it's just so

  • easy for people to stay indoors.

  • You know and they're using excuses like

  • they haven't got the right

  • clothing, it's not instagramable, would you

  • believe it? And yes, it's a shame.

  • Catherine: She said that there are many

  • other distractions. A distraction is

  • something that takes your attention

  • away from doing something.

  • Usually we think of a distraction as

  • something that delays us from

  • doing something more important.

  • Neil: These days we have a lot of

  • distractions or things that offer us easy

  • entertainment.

  • So it's very easy to come up with an

  • excuse for not taking the time to go outside.

  • Catherine: Another very good excuse of

  • course is the weather. It's not a lot of fun

  • to go out if it's cold

  • and pouring with rain.

  • Neil: Well, a very wise person once said

  • that there is no such thing as the wrong

  • weather, just the wrong clothing!

  • Catherine: True, Neil, but you have to have

  • the right clothing in the first place and

  • if the weather is terrible you might not be

  • able to get good pictures for your

  • Instagram account. They might not be

  • instagramable.

  • Now you're not going to find that word in

  • the dictionary, but you probably know that

  • the suffix able means 'possible'. So put 'able'

  • on the end of Instagram and you get

  • instagramable.

  • Neil: And that brings us neatly back to our

  • question. What percentage of people in the

  • survey said that they wouldn't go out in

  • the country because they wouldn't get

  • good pictures for social media?

  • Was it around 10%, 30% or

  • 50%. What did you say, Catherine?

  • Catherine: I said 10.

  • Neil: And the answer was about 30%!

  • Catherine: What is the world coming to?

  • Neil: I don't know what the world is

  • coming to, but we are coming to the end

  • of the programme,

  • so time to review today's vocabulary.

  • Catherine: We started off with to venture

  • out somewhere, which simply means to

  • go out somewhere,

  • but usually when the conditions are

  • bad, for example - it was pouring with rain

  • but I still decided to venture out to the

  • shops.

  • Neil: We heard about millennials and

  • Generation X. Different age groups,

  • millennials are those who became adults

  • in the early 21st century, and Generation X

  • are from the previous generation,

  • who became adults in the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Catherine: Something phenomenal is

  • amazing, surprising and unbelievable.

  • Neil: And then we had distractions for

  • activities that prevent us from doing more

  • important things.

  • Catherine: And one of the biggest

  • distractions is social media. Put the suffix

  • able onto the end of the name of a

  • social media platform and you create a

  • word that describes something

  • that is suitable for posting, so

  • instagramable.

  • Neil: bbclearningenglish is certainly

  • instagramable, facebookable, tweetable

  • and youtubeable. You can find us on

  • all those platforms as well as on our

  • website. So do check us out there

  • before joining us again for more 6 Minute

  • English. Goodbye.

  • Catherine: Goodbye!

Neil: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute

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    Evangeline posted on 2018/07/30
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